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Commencement 2012

Knox College Commencement 2012

Knox College conducted its 167th Commencement exercises on the South Lawn of Old Main, where more than 300 graduating seniors received bachelor's degrees.

The Commencement speaker, Brigadier General Mark Martins, urged graduates to make a habit of "looking for contrasting worlds and seeking to bridge them -- and in this way pursuing a life of service." General Martins, chief prosecutor of the war crimes trial system reformed by the Military Commissions Act of 2009, is a noted proponent of transparency and legitimacy in legal proceedings involving detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

"Most of bridge building is not instantly gratifying. Nor is it for the fickle or the faint of heart," he added. "But for those prepared to take on such challenges, the rewards are great."

Read more about commencement and see video of Brigadier General Mark Martins' address to the graduating class.

In This Issue

Freedom to Flourish

Make a Statement,
Make a Difference

Are You Knox?

Important Dates

Fast Fact

Knox Links

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175th Anniversary
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Horizons 2012 Showcases Student Research and Creative Work

Student research and creative works -- including art, science, music, dance, poetry, and playwriting -- were unveiled in a series of public events called Horizons: A Celebration of Student Inquiry, Imagination, and Creativity. "I think the event showcases the passion of a lot of Knox students in pursuing something much, much further than a lot of undergraduates at other institutions do," said Greg Noth, a senior from Des Moines, Iowa, who is majoring in international relations and minoring in psychology. "It's refreshing and exciting." Read more about the students’ experiences, see student presentations and performances, and learn more about writing and art award winners.

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Knox Senior Launches Online Business

A combination of imagination and innovation has inspired Knox College senior Krista Anne Nordgren to create her own online company with her sisters. Called The Makery, the company combines new trends in online sales as well as a focus on handmade goods, like homewares, apparel, and jewelry. The local art concept was inspired by Krista's experiences at Knox and living in Galesburg. "Knox makes you focus on wanting to do good and wanting to be civically minded, no matter what, and that also has to do with coming up with a business idea that would be really helpful for a community," says Krista. Read more about their business and the immediate success they are enjoying.

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Knox Journalism Investigation Takes 1st Place in Statewide Contest

A Knox College journalism investigation The Maytag Project has won a first place award in the 2012 Illinois Associated Press Editors Association News and Photo Contest. Knox students and faculty collaborated to produce the Maytag series, spending more than a year on the necessary research, data analysis, interviews, photography, and writing. The study, which investigated what happened to the employees after the Maytag Galesburg refrigeration plant closed, won in the Enterprise Series category, competing against professional daily newspapers with circulations of 15,000 and under. Learn more about The Maytag Project and the award the students who worked on the study received.

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Knox Students Build Museum Exhibit on Galesburg History

A unique interdisciplinary approach is helping Knox students in the Museums, Monuments and Memory class see Galesburg in a new way while they gain practical experience in the field of public history. Each time the course is taught, history professor Catherine Denial leads a group of students in researching and creating a museum exhibit based on a theme. "Instead of writing a research paper, at the end of the term I can invite all of my friends to see what I've been doing all term. That's really exciting for me," said senior Alice Corrigan. Read more about the exhibit the students created and learn more about Knox’s 175th anniversary celebration.

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Research Project Sparks Youngsters' Interest in Robotics

A boy places a robotic car covered in wires and sensors onto the ground and watches it spin in a circle. He claps above it, and it changes directions. The car approaches shadows and changes directions again. After the vehicle tools around for a little bit, a Knox student gives the boy a high five. They are partners in the PicoCricket Outreach Program, developed and implemented by Knox College senior Hannah Fidoten for her research. "In the program, students use both creativity and logic to do activities that create something that can be good on its own but that can then be combined with robotics to make it interactive," said Hannah. Learn more about how Hannah is enriching the lives of local youths and read more about other Honors research across the curriculum.

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Snapshots of Flunk Day 2012

A little rain didn't dampen Knox College's Flunk Day, a traditional spring surprise party that dates back nearly 100 years. Flunk Day began with the ringing of the bell on Old Main at 6 a.m., with hundreds of students celebrating spring, a break from the intense 10-week academic term, with inflatable games, karaoke and an outdoor breakfast. Afternoon events included an inflatable climbing wall and booths where students decorated their own flip-flops and frisbees. See pictures from Flunk Day!

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KnoxCorps Service Program Announced

Knox College and the Galesburg Community Foundation are launching an innovative community engagement initiative that will connect Knox graduates and current students with Galesburg area non-profit agencies and entrepreneurial projects. KnoxCorps is planned to start this fall and will be jointly overseen by the College and the Foundation. KnoxCorps will deploy recent graduates into the Galesburg area to work with local organizations. "Galesburg offers many learning opportunities for students, and Knox students have such a rich and varied set of skills," said President Teresa Amott. Learn more about KnoxCorps and what it means for Knox and the Galesburg community.

Presidential Installation Promotes Day of Community Service

Alt TextHundreds of Knox College students, faculty, staff, alumni, and delegates from more than 50 colleges and universities celebrated the installation of Teresa Amott as 19th President of the College earlier this month. But black robes were nowhere to be seen the following day for a "Day of Service." The Knox Community engaged in one-day projects at non-profit organizations throughout Galesburg. See President Teresa Amott and student’s contributions to the community, as well as photos of the formal installation and behind the scenes photos before the ceremony.

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Dorothea Tanning '32 Honored on NYC Subway System

The New York City subway system is getting an artistic revamp, starting with the poetry of Knox College alumna Dorothea Tanning '32. Originally established through a partnership between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Poetry Society of America in 1992, Poetry in Motion displayed more than 200 poems on subway trains. In April 2012, the MTA Arts for Transit program relaunched Poetry in Motion and selected Tanning's poem "Graduation" as the first featured poem. Through Poetry in Motion, Tanning's poetry will be circulated on posters and fare cards to 8.5 million people who use the New York subway and commuter rail systems each day. Learn more about Tanning and her contributions to the creative community.

Senior Crowned Midwest Conference Golf Champion

Alt Text The Prairie Fire concluded the 2011-12 season on Saturday with its first individual conference champion in four years and a fourth place team finish. Senior Bobby Stuebi led wire-to-wire, and according to men’s golf records maintained by the Midwest Conference, matched the best 54 hole total by an individual champ with his score of 222. Stuebi shot a 76 in the first round, a 74 in round two, and then locked up the individual title with an even par 72 in round three.  He medaled all four years of his college career, including one for tying for fourth place in the 2011 championship. Read more about Bobby's accomplishment and Prairie Fire athletics.

Are You Knox?

Just Starting Your College Search?
Are you a high school junior or sophomore just beginning to look at colleges? Visit campus this summer and experience Knox first-hand. Take a student-guided tour, interview with an admission counselor, even talk with professors and coaches. Learn more, see open house dates, and register online.

Come See Us at a Colleges That Change Lives Fair
"There is no better college in the country for developing a young mind and character."

That's what Loren Pope, former education editor of The New York Times, says about Knox in his book Colleges That Change Lives. The 40 colleges featured in the book are traveling to 20 cities coast-to-coast between May and September. Attend a program in your area to talk with representatives of Knox and other colleges that change lives.

July 28 - August 2 August 11 - 16 August 25 - 30
Seattle, WA Houston, TX St. Paul, MN
Portland, OR Austin, TX Chicago, IL
Santa Clara, CA Dallas, TX St. Louis, MO
San Francisco, CA Atlanta, GA Indianapolis, IN
San Rafael, CA Birmingham, AL Cincinnati, OH
Los Angeles, CA Nashville, TN Dearborn, MI
Scottsdale, AZ Denver, CO  

For more information and to find a Colleges That Change Lives program in your area, visit the following link.

Colleges That Change Lives Event Map


Celestina Agyekum
"I went to Uganda in East Africa in 2009, and I ended up being a youth counselor for a girl who was at risk."

My name is Celestina Agyekum, and I AM KNOX.

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Important Dates

July 27

Summer Open House

October 8

Fall Open House I

November 12

Fall Open House II

Fast Fact

162: The number of internships students participated in during the last academic year
162 The number of internships students participated in during the last academic year.

Knox Links

Knox College Office of Admission
2 East South Street
Galesburg, Illinois 61401-4999
309-341-7100 Phone
800-678-KNOX Toll-free
www.knox.edu